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Carrie MacEwen: Champions vision and visibility

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5701


Carrie MacEwen, president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, is a consultant at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and honorary professor of ophthalmology at the University of Dundee. She stuck her neck out in a BMJ editorial (with Andrew Lotery) by saying that the use of bevacizumab (Avastin) for macular degeneration by the NHS was being held up by “bureaucratic hurdles.” She runs a tertiary referral service for eye movement disorders, is ophthalmology adviser to the Scottish government, and was a founding council member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. She recently tweeted that she loves The Beatles—“a sign of my age, I suppose.”

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a dancer—until I realised that having two left feet was a disadvantage. I decided to be a surgeon, where manual skills are more important.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My father has been a wonderful role model all of my life: his enthusiasm for life and his work, in particular, were infectious. A very innovative surgeon, always keen to train and nurture young ophthalmological talent in Scotland.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

Never taking a break! While I have …

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